At one point during Kilbeggan Races last Friday screams were heard echoing through the stand. Did some punters have a big priced winner or had their big fancy fallen at the final fence?
The only hint was that all the screams were from young ladies who had just heard that Niall Horan of One Direction was in the stand with some friends. It was certainly the highlight of the Bank Holiday meeting.
Apparently Niall is currently the most popular Irishman on-line with around 3 million followers, which is three times more than world Number 1 golfer Rory McElroy. He had a very enjoyable evening with his friends in the congenial surroundings of Kilbeggan.
He also proved to be a shrewd punter for charity when a €100 bet for Larc Cancer was successful when Willie Mullin’s horse Zuzka galloped home alone in the last race. Dessie Hughes has traditionally been very successful at Kilbeggan and he recorded a double with Glenbarrow (7/1) and Definite Class (4/1) were successful. The latter looks a good prospect for the summer as it was decent novive chase which he won easily.
There was a local success when Mrs Dot Love, Mullingar won the handicap chase with the well-named Liberty Counsel (Leading Counsel-My Free Mantel). Davy Condon had a double with Cause of Causes and Coldwinters which just about described the evening.
It is unusual for Kilbeggan to have two meetings within a week but next Saturday, May 12 will be the first Saturday meeting of the year at 5.25pm.
The 7 race card will have two featured races - the FBD Insurance Hurdle of €19,000 over 3 miles and the Belvedere House, Gardens, and Park Handicap Chase of €16,000 sponsored by Westmeath County Council.
Hopefully, the weather will relent and with the usual good atmosphere at the Saturday meetings it should be an enjoyable occasion.